Police records show 3 child sex offences committed every hour
Figures revealed today, in our How safe are our children? report, show that the number of sexual offences against children recorded by police in England and Wales soared by more than a third last year (2013-14).
A total of 31,238 offences – 85 a day – including rape, sexual assault and grooming, were reported to police. The majority of victims were aged 12 to 16, although more than one in three (8,282) were younger than 11. Among these were 2,895 aged five and under – including 94 babies1.
The number of offences recorded against girls (24,457) was nearly five times higher than that of boys (5,292).
How Safe are our Children? compiles the most robust and up-to-date child protection data that exists across each of the four nations in the UK. Official statistics included in the report show that all four countries in the UK have seen the number of recorded sexual offences against children increase by up to 40 per cent in 2013/14 compared with the previous year.2